Hello 2017 and those that are reading this blog; happy new year!
I’m Michael, a second year Business Management student in Cambridge
. I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed ourselves and are making the most of the break that we have (for those that have exams, I’m with you). Time to reminisce of what was a hectic 2016 I have had both at uni and at home.
Early on, I was selected to become an intern with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS), and what a fun eight months that has been! From running through Ely city centre solving clues, networking, making great friends, and even climbing the O2 arena; I have had a whale of a time in the programme and recommend all to apply. I’ve definitely become more confident because of this.
I finished my first year of uni in June, after my exams, and it was a great academic year overall. I’ve met some fantastic individuals of all ages and backgrounds and achieved a good first-year grade. A busy summer working my part-time job, as well as working at university in Clearing to save up for my new accommodation in Cambridge, as I was previously a commuting student.
I worked during Clearing, which was also thanks to the intern programme, talking to applicants about university life and what it has to offer. I worked as many hours as I could and enjoyed every minute of it. Staff and students worked alongside each other in the call centre, so it was nice to get to know everyone a bit better.
Fast forward to late September, welcoming new students to the university, and enjoying my first week back; unfortunately, I was taken ill before second week could begin. I spent three weeks in hospital and a further two weeks recovering round my friend’s after a few operations on my stomach. I was devastated to miss five weeks overall, and was worried about the upcoming assignments.
The staff were very supportive throughout and ensured that I had everything I needed to get back on track. I was granted an extension over the Christmas break which was a life-saver in helping me to catch up on a huge chunk of work that I missed out on. My assignments were eventually submitted just three days after the original deadline, as I had caught up relatively quickly.
I’d just like to finish this blog to talk again about the intern programme (you should really apply – I’m staying on as a LAIBS Senior Intern!). In November, it was the intern awards evening. There has been some amazing talent in this year’s cohort and everyone was deserving of a prize. I was honoured to receive the Intern of the Year accolade for ‘engagement and continuous development’ and ‘enthusiasm in working and helping others’. I’m #ARUProud to be part of a fantastic university and part of an award-winning extra curriculum development programme. I wish you all the best for 2017 (and good luck for any upcoming exams!)